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1/29/22

  • How do you pick players for the Redistribution Draft?  Visit your team roster and just above the list of players you'll see the link "Choose Redistribution Draft Picks."
  • 107 New players added to the game based on the 40-man rosters for MLB teams
    • This is the only player addition until after Opening Day
    • To find them - In the filter/search area of the player lists, look for the "New in 2022" menu - See the list of new players
  • The Great Lakes League is full - and the draft list deadline is in 1 week - deadline is Saturday night, Feb 5, midnight EST

1/28/22

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2022 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have a little over 2 full weeks to make your selections - but that includes 3 weekends.  Deadline is Sunday 2/13/22 at 5 PM EST.
  • Why the odd time for a deadline? I'm traveling on Feb. 15th and gone for a week so I need to make sure that I can post the first results before I leave.
  • Visit your team roster to see the link to begin making your picks.
  • For more information, see the rules regarding the Redistribution Draft
  • There are 2 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds - or at least as much as you can, because if any of your listed picks/alternates are gone by your turn in the order, we'll pull up picks from Round 2 and beyond to make sure you get 3 selections.
    • After Feb 13, we post the results of only Round 1 only - any drafted players will be removed from the remainder of your lists.
    • You'll have almost 2 weeks to redo draft lists (if you choose), then we post the results of only Round 2 (again removing drafted players from your rounds 3-5)
    • Then one more week for an optional redo of your draft lists, and we post the results of Rounds 3-5
  • The season calendar of deadlines is not yet updated for 2022, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sunday evening 2/13 5 PM EST - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun night 2/27 Midnight PST - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun night 3/6 Midnight PST - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • Any players on your Prospect Roster have been moved back to your 40-man roster.  You can begin to move players to prospect status again after the Redistribution Draft.
  • Note - the transaction order has not yet been updated to move division winners into picks 13-16 of the draft order. That will happen within a few days.
  • The roster limit information on your team roster pages has not yet been reverted back to normal limits from the 2021 Covid exceptions - that also will come later in this coming week.

1/26/22

  • I can't do the work tonight to process/post carryover choices and there are a few things to work out with some of the orphan teams along with some pending orphan adoptions, so I am extending another 24 hours until Thursday night at midnight Eastern.
    • Check all your teams for status/errors
    • My goal is to give you 3 full weekends to do the first cut on the Redistribution Draft - so I intend to get the results posted and the draft open by Friday.
  • There are some rule changes coming, but the only one I've revealed so far is that players will no longer be automatically removed from the BWB player list if they sign in a foreign league or other non-MLB-affiliated baseball. Players like that will remain on the list as long as they continue to be held on at least one BWB roster. However, if no team rosters that player, he will be delisted.

1/22/22

  • We've got a lot of orphan teams (and some more on the way) - and if you've got some extra time and can help out, I'm looking for foster owners.  You don't have to run this team all year, but if you can most importantly help me out with picking their roster cut downs this week and maybe start off the Redistribution Draft, that would be a great help. Please contact me if you're interested and let me know how many teams you might like to take on. I'll set you up in leagues where you don't currently have a team.

1/21/22

1/20/22

  • Week 30 Transaction Results Posted (Winter Trade Period #2) - The deadline for roster cutdowns is extended out to Wednesday, January 26 at Midnight Eastern
  • Some of you have asked about your payment confirmation - I have to go in and do that manually and it's just one of those things I'm behind on this winter - I will check it soon and mark you paid for your team and answer your emails if there are any remaining questions.

1/19/22

  • Player of the Year rankings final. Cash distributed to teams of players finishing in the top 3 of each league. (This should have been set to award to the teams that had the players at the end of the season before any trades. If you see any mistakes let me know).

1/5/22

  • Deadline modifications to give you some more time:
    • Winter trade period #2 moves back from Tuesday 1/11 to Monday night, January 17th at midnight EST.
    • Roster cutdown to 28 players moves back from Monday 1/17 to Sunday night, January 23rd at midnight EST.
    • Planning ahead - Redistribution Draft first submission will be due Sunday night, Feb. 13 (instead of 2/6)

12/28/21

  • Reminder - Let us know if you're keeping each of your teams in 2022.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 31 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.

12/27/21

  • First winter trade deadline is Tuesday night at midnight EST. Do you have any pending trades? Check all my transactions - now modified to show where you're waiting on a team to make a decision on where another team is waiting for you.
  • Fixed a long-time problem - when a trade is rejected, the return message from the target team is now saved and you can view that return message on the site. This will only be for trades rejected after around 5 PM EST on Monday.

12/26/21

12/22/21

12/16/21

  • I think we've reached a point where the generation of email from this website and essentially faking the sender's address is being flagged as spam by too many of the large email providers.
    • I get all the rejected emails back into my mailbox and there may have been close to 100 so far coming back since trades opened a few days ago. From experience, I know that if I get too many rejections coming back, my web provider will shut down my own email's outgoing mail.
    • The more items flagged as spam will also mark this as a troublesome site that may get it blocked by more domains.
    • For those reasons, I've shut down all the email generated from trades - the initial offer as well as the acceptance/rejection decision.
    • I'm sorry for any inconvenience and I'll look for other ways in the future for notification.
    • For now, you'll need to check your list of transactions for all your teams to see if you have any pending decisions or accepted trades. On suggestion from one of you, I will eventually try to divide out those pending trades to signify if we're waiting for you to accept/reject or if you're waiting on the other team to review your offer.

12/15/21

  • New leagues are open for 2022 - Draft dates are estimates. Once a league fills up, we'll set a definite date out a week or two from the fill date - so it's possible the final dates for leagues with list drafts could be earlier than currently listed. For live drafts, we'll narrow in on a definite date/time as appropriate when the league is close to filling.
  • Do you want to try to resuscitate a troubled franchise rather than begin one from scratch?  There are a number of orphan teams that you can adopt and attempt to rebuild. This list will grow as we process the responses from owners keeping/dropping their teams. At the moment I've only listed the leftover orphans from 2021 and Michael Horvitz's teams. Perhaps I'll get more up on Wednesday night.
  • Did you win a league championship or win one of the other postseason tournaments (or was a conference champ)?  Then you earned a free bonus team that you can use in 2022 for either a brand new league or as an orphan.  You can check to see if you have any bonus teams in your list. (Bonus teams weren't added to any Cooperstown Club members - you can grab an extra team for no additional charge at any time).

12/13/21

  • Some people have asked so just to be clear, the cash distributed to teams for playoff results and players of the year has not yet been distributed - that comes after the salary cap cash distribution. That should be doled out in the next few days. And then that's all the cash you get until we send out 2000 just before Opening Day.
  • There are a bunch of rule changes/clarifications coming out soon and some other possible rule change discussions - stay tuned to the site home page for notifications of that. Included in that will be some possible changes to the roster sizes, but for your roster cut down decisions, you're still limited to keeping 28 players (plus up to 5 "prospects").

12/12/21

  • I apologize for being slow this off season. This is year 23 coming up for BWB and I just needed a little more time away this year before diving back into the new season. This will squeeze a few timelines along the way more than I would like, but you'll have plenty of time to get ready for the 2022 season. (However, the winter trade periods will be about 2 weeks this year, not 3).
  • Lots of changes and updates:
    • Salary cap cash has been distributed.  The 2022 salary cap is 37833 (was 40651 in 2021).
    • 2022 salaries are posted and are final
    • 2022 player positions are updated but not final
      • Any player showing an "x" in their position didn't have any MLB stats in 2021, so I need to go back in and check what they did in the minors in 2021 (or maybe they didn't play at all and might be removed from the list) - their positions may change.
      • That usually takes a lot of time and will be finished sometime late December/early January
    • Player retention decisions for 2022 can now be made from your team roster pages.  Deadline to complete this is expected to be Monday, January 17 - if you have a lot of teams, don't wait!!
    • First step before you can do any trading or pick your carryover players - indicate if you're keeping each of your teams in 2022.  You must answer "yes" before you may submit any trades or before anyone can contact you for trades.  Deadline is December 31 or we assume the unanswered teams become Orphans.
  • New leagues for 2022 will be opened soon.
  • As people indicate they're dropping teams, orphans will become available.
  • Trades are now open for a roughly 2-week trading period, ending on Tuesday, Dec. 28.  Following that will be another 2-week trade period open through January 11.
  • Payment records are updated for the new season - but hold off a couple days before starting to pay or purchasing Season Tickets or Cooperstown Club memberships until you see a note on the home page that we're ready.
  • Upcoming schedule/deadlines (some changes are possible):
    • Friday, December 31: Deadline to indicate you're keeping your teams for 2022
    • Now through Tuesday, Dec. 28: Winter Trading Period 1
    • Wednesday, Dec. 29 though Tuesday, Jan 11: Fall Trading Period 2
    • Monday, Jan 17: Roster retention choices due
    • Sunday, Feb 6: Redistribution Draft choices due
    • I have some travel scheduled in January and February, and I'm trying to avoid deadlines coming while I'm gone...so please bear with the odd deadline days this off-season.

11/17/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash Final Results: Kingston Baseball Club (Marxball) defeated Aurora Borealis (Blame Canada League) 4 games to 1.
    • Congratulations to team owner Ricardo Alexander.
    • This is Ricardo's first win in the BWB ultimate tournament.  He started playing Benchwarmer in 2012.
    • Ricardo won 6 league championships in 2021 and had 10 teams in the field of 128 that started out the Bash last week.
    • Also congratulations to runner-up Sherman Wan - this was Sherman's fourth time to finish 2nd.

11/16/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - The final series is complete - Games 1-5 posted. Kingston beat Aurora 4 games to 1.
  • We're down to our final two teams. Aurora and Kingston were victorious in the semifinals:
    • Kingston (101-49, Marxball, Power Rank 9) - Ricardo Alexander vs. Aurora (111-39, Blame Canada, Power Rank 1) - Sherman Wan
    • Neither owner has won a Bash title before
    • No winner has come out of Blame Canada League before. We had a winner from Marxball in 2018.
    • Aurora beat another team by Ricardo in the semifinals. Kingston beat another team by Sherman in the quarterfinals.

11/15/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - Semifinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Semifinal matchups:
    • NYC2ATL (92-58, Phightin' Phils, Power Rank 37) - Ricardo Alexander vs. Aurora (111-39, Blame Canada, Power Rank 1) - Sherman Wan
    • Biff, Bam, (90-60, Batman, Power Rank 36) - Jason Kiernan vs. Kingston (101-49, Marxball, Power Rank 9) - Ricardo Alexander

11/14/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - We move on to the Bash round with the final 8 teams. Quarterfinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Previewing the Bash:
    • There are 8 teams remaining - 3 league champions and 5 wild card teams
    • None of the franchises have won the Bash previously - although two owners have won before with other teams: Jason Kiernan, last year and 2018, and Jay Snyder won in 2015.
    • No teams repeated this year as Federation champions.
    • Federation titles by seed:
      • 1st: 2
      • 2nd: 2
      • 3rd: 2
      • 4th: 2
    • Owners with multiple teams in final 8:
      • 2 teams: Ricardo Alexander, Jason Kiernan, Sherman Wan
      • Jason's two teams face each other in the first round
    • The number one team in BWB's power ranking, Aurora Borealis, tops the field, continuing a 6-year streak for the #1 team to reach this round. But only 2 of the top 10 are here, which is the smallest number since 2015, when only one of the top 10 (#7) advanced from the Federations.

11/13/21

11/12/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - Federation semifinals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Previewing the Federation round:
    • There are 32 teams in the Federation field - 19 league champions and 13 wild card teams
    • Two franchises have previously finished as the runner up in the Bash: Three Blind (Jason Kiernan) last year and Wisconsin (Greg Flees) in 2012
    • 4 of the teams have previously won a Federation title, with 2 of 2020's 8 Federation winners still in the hunt for a repeat.
    • One of the 16 semifinal series has an owner with teams on both sides of the matchup - Jason Kiernan in the Aaron Federation.
    • Owners with multiple teams in the Federation round of the Benchwarmer Bash:
      • 14 teams: Jason Kiernan
      • 4 teams: Ricardo Alexander
      • 3 teams: Jay Snyder
      • 2 teams: Greg Flees, Sherman Wan
      • 7 other owners have a single team

11/11/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Association Round Recap
    • Association titles by seed:
      • 1st: 9
      • 2nd: 8
      • 3rd: 10
      • 4th: 5
    • 19 titles were won by league champions, 13 by wild cards
    • For our league championship rematches mentioned below on 11/9, Kingston was able to repeat with another win, while the other two went the opposite way.
    • 15 teams came in with a chance to repeat - only 3 did repeat:
      • Roberto Clemente Association: Volkswagon (Beatleball) - Jason Kiernan
      • Roy Campanella Assocation: Big Train Rides (Whiff) - Jason Kiernan
      • Dizzy Dean Association: Three Blind (Three of a Kind) - Jason Kiernan

11/9/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash 2021 - Association finals complete - Games 1-7 posted
  • Bash Revenge? Below on 11/7 we noted that there were 5 league championship rematches in the Association semifinals.
    • 4 of them went the opposite way this time - only Wimpy's under Dave Matter was able to repeat with a series win in back to back weeks. Sherman Wan got his revenge with three reversals going his way.
    • Of the 14 conference rematches, 6 of the 14 saw a different winner this time.
  • As we move to the Association finals, there are 5 teams from the same league vying for the win. No conference rematches this time but there are 3 repeats of league championship series:
    • British Invasion: Kingston (Ricardo Alexander) vs Dave Clark Five (Jason Kiernan). Kingston won the league title 4 games to 1.
    • Birdland: Annapolis (Dave Matter) vs Palmer et al (Jason Kiernan). Annapolis won 4-1.
    • Blame Canada: Fairplays (Jason Kiernan) vs Aurora (Sherman Wan). Fairplays won 4-0.
  • In the Association finals we have 4 of the 32 series with an owner playing against himself. Jason Kiernan 3 times and Ricardo Alexander in the other.

11/8/21

11/7/21

  • Benchwarmer Bash - Matchups are posted for the Association Semifinals - see the Benchwarmer Bash page and look for "Association Results" links within each Federation block. Games will begin on Monday.
  • Previewing the Bash:
    • There are 128 teams in the Association field - 67 league champions and 61 wild card teams
    • 1 franchise in the field has previously won a Bash title (Atlanta in Murderers' Row in 2011 when it was called Crumpton) and there are 4 previous runners up.
    • 14 of the teams have previously won a Federation title, with 4 of 2020's 8 Federation winners attempting a repeat this year.
    • 18 of the teams have previously won an Association title (a level of competition that just started in 2019), 15 of 2020's 32 Association winners are in the field again this year.
    • Of the 64 first-round Association matchups, 30 feature teams from the same league playing each other. Several are playoff rematches:
      • There are 14 rematches of conference championships
      • We have 5 league championship rematches:
        • Bronx Bombers: Standing Stone (Jay Snyder) vs DJ Alyx (Sherman Wan). Standing Stone won the league championship 4-2
        • Grunge: Sun (Sherman Wan) vs Knee Deep (Michael Lehman). Knee Deep won 4-2
        • Moneyball: Billy's (Michael Quinn) vs Random (Jason Kiernan). Random won 4-2
        • Original Six: Lamoureux (Sherman Wan) vs Salted (Roland Dupont). Salted won 4-3
        • South Siders: South Pole (Jason Kiernan) vs. Wimpy's (Dave Matter). Wimpy's won 4-1
    • 6 of the 64 first-round series have an owner with teams on both sides of the matchup - Jason Kiernan in 5 of those and Ricardo Alexander in the other.
    • Owners with multiple teams in the Association round of the Benchwarmer Bash:
      • 44 teams: Jason Kiernan
      • 14 teams: Sherman Wan
      • 10 teams: Ricardo Alexander
      • 8 teams: Dave Matter
      • 7 teams: Jay Snyder
      • 6 teams: Michael Quinn
      • 5 teams: Michael Rudolph
      • 4 teams: John Hula
      • 3 teams: Roland Dupont, David Henning, Michael Horvitz
      • 2 teams: Greg Flees, John Stroba, Tom Twomey
      • 15 other owners have a single team

11/6/21

  • Congratulations to BWB team owners who won multiple league championships in 2021: (see how this compares to 2019)
    • 18 titles: Jason Kiernan (out of 30 conference champions)
    • 6 titles: Ricardo Alexander (10), Sherman Wan (11)
    • 4 titles: John Hula (9), Dave Matter (10)
    • 3 titles: David Henning (5), Michael Quinn (6), Jay Snyder (3)
    • 2 titles: Roland Dupont (6), Greg Flees (2), Michael Rudolph (3), John Stroba (2)

11/3/21

  • Team Finances updated for the season awards for division placement
    • This also includes a correction to 9 teams that received the IR fee rebate twice on the last update
    • Playoff rewards will be credited after the 2022 salary cap numbers are calculated

10/27/21

10/26/21

10/25/21

  • Playoffs: Championship Week: Games 1-3 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • For teams that advance to the Benchwarmer Bash - you have one more chance to adjust your lineups that will be set for the entire length of the Bash. Lineup changes are due Thursday night, October 28 at midnight Eastern.

10/24/21

  • The Benchwarmer Bash Page for 2021 is posted.  The page shows the possible league champions that might move on to the Association round along with definite wild card teams and teams that are on the bubble to be wild cards.
  • 2021 in Review:
    • See Standings for All Leagues and Around BWB
    • Of 260 division winners from 2020, 112 repeated with division titles this season (90 of 256 repeated last year)
    • 87 of the division winners from last season finished below .500 in 2021, 32 of them dropped all the way to last place this year. 1 of those teams lost 100 games this year.
    • From the 256 divisions that existed in 2020, 38 division winners in 2021 are franchises that never before won a division title.
    • Of the 65 league champions from 2020, 37 of them repeated as division winners this season. (20 of 64 league winners from 2019 won divisions in 2020).
    • 29 teams went "worst to first" - finishing in 4th place in 2020 and winning a division this year.
    • 20 teams out of 1,072 won 100 games this year, topped by Sherman Wan with Aurora Borealis in Blame Canada League at 111 wins.
    • 20 teams lost 100 games, with 2 teams dropping 112 for the season.
    • 49 teams had 36 or more losses in 2020, the short season equivalent of losing 100 games in a normal season - 4 of them won their division this year and 14 finished .500 or better. However, 15 of those teams finished in 4th place this season and 2 of those teams lost 100 games this year.
    • 58 teams won 36 or more games in 2020. 7 of them won 100 games this season and 32 were division winners this year. However, 14 of those teams were below .500 (with one team with 100 losses) and 6 of those teams dropped to 4th place this season.
  • 2021 in Review (part 2):
    • Of the 65 league champions in 2020, 37 of them repeated* as division winners - 22 are still alive with conference championships and a chance for a repeat league title.  (2019: 34 of 59 league champs in the previous season won their division - 22 repeated as conference champions). *OK, with the league tournaments last year, not all league champions won their divisions, so for some it's not really a "repeat"
  • Congratulations to owners still alive with multiple conference wins: (see how this compares to 2019)
    • 30 Teams -  Jason Kiernan (out of 54 division winners)
    • 11 Teams - Sherman Wan (25)
    • 10 Teams - Ricardo Alexander (15) and Dave Matter (19)
    • 9 Teams - John Hula (15)
    • 6 Teams - Roland Dupont (17) and Michael Quinn (11)
    • 5 Teams - David Henning (9)
    • 3 Teams - Michael Horvitz (7), Jerry King (6), Andrew Lehman (9), Michael Rudolph (8), Jay Snyder (8), and Tom Twomey (3)
    • 2 Teams - A Citarella (3), Robert Elias (3), Greg Flees (2), Don Kruse (3), Michael Lehman (3), Jamison Reese (4), and John Stroba (2)

10/23/21

10/22/21

  • Playoffs: Week 1 Complete: Games 6 & 7 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Don't forget that you can reset your lineups for the 2nd week of the playoffs.  The deadline is Saturday night at midnight Eastern.

10/21/21

10/20/21

10/19/21

  • Playoffs: Week 1: Game 1 posted - See Playoffs for All Leagues
  • Sad news to report - I received an email from Michael Horvitz's wife on Friday letting me know that Michael had passed away. Michael joined BWB in 2010 and was in 41 leagues this season so I'm sure that many of you had connections with him on the trade market.  He had a pretty successful 2021 with 7 division titles (see below), including a couple of teams winning their first title in the league's 11th season (Minnie & Paul League) and 9th season (Pacific Northwest League).  He had pretty much cornered the market in using "Cincinnati" as his team locations.  It appears that he was around 64 years old.
  • Congratulations to owners with multiple division wins (I didn't post a list in 2020, but you can see how this compares to 2019):
    • 54 Teams - Jason Kiernan - This is obviously a record in BWB and a pretty amazing achievement. 54 titles in 67 leagues is a success rate of 80.6% and his teams across all of BWB had a combined winning percentage of  .613
    • 25 Teams - Sherman Wan
    • 19 Teams - Dave Matter
    • 17 Teams - Roland Dupont
    • 15 Teams - Ricardo Alexander, John Hula
    • 11 Teams - Michael Quinn
    • 9 Teams - David Henning, Andrew Lehman
    • 8 Teams - Michael Rudolph, Jay Snyder
    • 7 Teams - Michael Horvitz
    • 6 Teams - Jerry King
    • 4 Teams - Jamison Reese
    • 3 Teams - A Citarella, Robert Elias, Don Kruse, Michael Lehman, Tom McGraw, Tom Twomey
    • 2 Teams - Alonda Clifton, Greg Flees, Rick Furtak, Brian Haines, Leif Jonson, Tom Kohl, Bill Munger, John Stroba, Danny Zaccaro

10/18/21

  • Week Twenty-six Transactions PostedThe deadline for Week Twenty-seven is Saturday, October 23 at Midnight Eastern - see Season Deadlines
    • There are no transactions this week - this is only for setting your lineups for the 2nd week of the playoffs
    • You may reorder your pitching rotation in the 2nd week without worrying about how many days of rest from the previous week.  We'll start Week 27 games from scratch in that regard.

10/17/21

  • Playoff schedules are posted - see the link for playoffs on your league's home page or you can get a link to any league's playoffs from this page.
  • I still have a bit of prep to do. Due to some technical/computer issues I lost most of my productive time on Thursday night and all of Friday.  I hope to start posting game scores on Monday.

10/13/21

  • Tiebreakers posted for home field advantage and playoff seeding for all leagues throughout the post season.  With this task done, I can move on to create the playoff brackets.  Ideally we're on track for games to begin this weekend.

10/12/21

  • Week 25 Statistics and Players of the Week
  • Because the setup of playoff brackets takes some time, I've extended the deadline for transactions/lineups to Friday night, Oct 15, at midnight Eastern.
    • You can cut players or move players to IR this week - no free agent signings.
    • This is the last week for player cuts. A reminder that any player under contract for 2022 and beyond must be kept on your roster in December/January when we pick players to roll over into 2022. If you've changed your mind about keeping a player, you've got to cut him this week - although you will have a chance to trade him away in November/December.
  • As a reminder, we use MLB games 81-155, picked randomly, for the stats for playoffs.  See rule 2.2.2 for more details and see rule 2.2.3 for additional considerations for starting pitchers.

10/11/21

  • Here's a recap of our final 12 Division Winners from the October 2 tiebreaker games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • B Movie Actor League - Bubba Ho-Tep Division: Fantasy Island (owner Roland Dupont - 16th win in 2021) - 3rd straight division crown, 4th overall
    • Batman League - Bale Division: Kersh (& Trouty) Goes to Disneyland (owner Sherman Wan - 25th win in 2021) - Repeat win, 7th overall; 2015 league champ
    • Beatleball - Lennon Division: Abbey Road Warriors (owner Andrew Lehman - 8th win in 2021) - First pennant since 2004 when league champion
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Sutton Division: South Hills California Elite (owner Michael Quinn - 11th win in 2021) - Repeat win, 8th overall; 2-time league champ (2013 & 2009)
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division: Cincinnati Red Stockings 2 (owner Michael Horvitz - 7th win in 2021) - Repeat division winner
    • Minnie & Paul League - Viola Division: Grosse Pointe Trailer Trash (owner Andrew Lehman - 9th win in 2021) - 1st division title in the league's 11th season; Best previous finish was 3rd 4 times
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division: Rich Kids (owner Roland Dupont - 17th win in 2021) - 3-time defending league champ (5 overall); 9th straight division title
    • Pacific Northwest League - Ducks Division: Griffey, Edgar, and The Big Unit Ride again (owner Jason Kiernan - 54th win in 2021) - 4th division win; 2019 league champ
    • Redbirds League - Slaughter Division: Bloomingdale Camelback Crickets (owner Chris Bellina) - 2nd division title - first since 2014
    • Silver Screen League - Major League Division: Celluloid Heroes (owner Alonda Clifton - 2nd win in 2021) - Also won the division in 2018
    • Superman League - Dean Cain Division: Fusilli Jerries (owner John Hula - 15th win in 2021) - 3rd consecutive division win, 5th overall
    • They Might Be Giants League - Ott Division: NYC2ATL Orange Eagles (owner Ricardo Alexander - 15th win in 2021) - 2nd division win

10/3/21

  • The regular season is over and...BWB is taking some time off.
    • The playoffs are coming but will be delayed and hopefully will begin around the time that the MLB league championship series get underway.
    • There's quite a bit of manual set up necessary to set up the BWB playoff schedule.  I had hoped to get much of that done before I left, but hit some snags in that plan.
    • With that, the deadline for transactions and lineup changes has been extended to Tuesday night, October 12, at midnight Eastern.  See all the transaction/lineup deadlines  It's possible that it will be extended a bit more.

10/2/21

  • 12 division ties to break - Results are in - Regular season is complete!
    • B Movie Actor League - Bubba Ho-Tep Division: Fantasy Island (Roland Dupont) at Busey's Blasters (Dave Matter)
      • Result: Fantasy 5   Busey's 4 (Extra Innings)   - Box
      • Fantasy won the division the last 2 years and Busey's won in 2018
      • Busey's won the season series 12-6
      • Busey's won 4 out of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 23-24
      • Record for the last 10 games: Fantasy 5-5  Busey's 5-5
    • Batman League - Bale Division: Quick Draw McGraw (Tom McGraw) at Kersh (& Trouty) Goes to Disneyland (Sherman Wan)
      • Result: Kersh (& Trouty) 6   Quick Draw 5 (Extra Innings)   - Box
      • Quick Draw has never won the division in the league's 11 seasons. Kersh (& Trouty) won last year and has six total pennant.
      • Kersh (& Trouty) won the season series 10-8
      • Kersh (& Trouty) won 4 out of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 23-24
      • Record for the last 10 games: Quick Draw 6-4  K&T 5-5
    • Beatleball - Lennon Division: Rome Gladiators (Danny Zaccaro) at Abbey Road Warriors (Andrew Lehman)
      • Result: Abbey Road 4   Rome 1   - Box
      • Rome has won the division 6 of the last 9 seasons while Abbey Road only made the playoffs once in their league championship season in 2004.
      • The teams split their season series 9-9 and had the same division record. Abbey Road gets home field with the better conference record.
      • Rome won 4 out of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 24-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Rome 7-3  Abbey Road 6-4
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Sutton Division: South Hills California Elite (Michael Quinn) at Brooklyn Blue (Roland Dupont)
      • Result: South Hills 3   Brooklyn 2   - Box
      • Brooklyn has one division title in 2014, while South Hills won last season and in 6 other seasons.
      • Brooklyn won the season series 11-7
      • Brooklyn won 4 out of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 24-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: South Hills 6-4  Brooklyn 6-4
    • Fenway Fenatics - Cronin Division: Cincinnati Red Stockings 2 (Michael Horvitz) at Centauri Cosmic Conundrum (David Henning)
      • Result: Cincinnati 8   Centauri 5   - Box
      • Cincinnati won the division last year, while Centauri won 4 of the previous 5 seasons with league titles in all 4 of those.
      • Centauri won the season series 10-8
      • Grosse Pointe won 4 out of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 23-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Cincinnati 4-6  Centauri 6-4
    • Minnie & Paul League - Viola Division: Minneapolis Millers (Dave Matter) at Grosse Pointe Trailer Trash (Andrew Lehman)
      • Result: Grosse Pointe 4   Minneapolis 3   - Box
      • Minneapolis last made the playoffs in 2011-2013, with 2 league titles. Grosse Pointe has never finished higher than 3rd place in the 10 league seasons prior to 2021.
      • Grosse Pointe won the season series 12-6
      • Cincinnati won 4 out of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 24-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Minneapolis 6-4  Grosse Pointe 7-3
    • Moneyball League - Art Howe Division: Already Dunn (Mike Scott) at Rich Kids (Roland Dupont)
      • Result: Rich 5   Already 2   - Box
      • Rich is the 3-time defending league champ, while Already has never won the division in the league's 8 seasons.
      • The teams split their season series 9-9. Rich gets home field with the better division record.
      • Already won 4 out of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 23-24
      • Record for the last 10 games: Already 5-5  Rich 6-4
    • Pacific Northwest League - Ducks Division: Griffey, Edgar, and The Big Unit Ride again (Jason Kiernan) at Cobble Beach Leathernecks (Stuart McKenna)
      • Result: Griffey, Edgar, and 5   Cobble Beach 4   - Box
      • Griffey, Edgar and won the division 3 times 2017-19. Cobble Beach won 3 times 2013-15.
      • Cobble Beach won the season series 10-8
      • The teams split the 6 games in their final two series in Weeks 24-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Griffey, Edgar, and 7-3  Cobble Beach 3-7
    • Redbirds League - Slaughter Division: Montara PacSox (Sherman Wan) at Bloomingdale Camelback Crickets (Chris Bellina)
      • Result: Bloomingdale 4   Montara 0   - Box
      • Montara has 6 division pennants, including last season, while Bloomingdale has only 1 title in 2014.
      • The teams split their season series 9-9. Bloomingdale gets home field with the better division record.
      • Bloomingdale won 5 out of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 23-24
      • Record for the last 10 games: Montara 5-5  Bloomingdale 7-3
    • Silver Screen League - Major League Division: Celluloid Heroes (Alonda Clifton) at Avalon Dryads (John Stroba)
      • Result: Celluloid 5   Avalon 2   - Box
      • Celluloid won the division in 2018, Avalon won it in 2016.
      • The teams split their season series 9-9. Avalon gets home field with the better division record.
      • The teams went 3-3 in their final two series in Weeks 24-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Celluloid 7-3  Avalon 3-7
    • Superman League - Dean Cain Division: Ames Twisters (Tom Kohl) at Fusilli Jerries (John Hula)
      • Result: Fusilli 4   Ames 2   - Box
      • Ames won the division twice, most recently in 2017. Fusilli has won 4 times, including the last two years.
      • Fusilli won the season series 10-8
      • Fusilli won 4 of 6 in their final two series in Weeks 23-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Ames 2-8  Fusilli 9-1 (and a current 8-game winning streak)
    • They Might Be Giants League - Ott Division: Gilroy Garlic Gulls (Sherman Wan) at NYC2ATL Orange Eagles (Ricardo Alexander)
      • Result: NYC2ATL 3   Gilroy Garlic 0   - Box
      • Gilroy Garlic won the division in 2020 and has 5 overall, while NYC2ATL has one pennant in 2018
      • The teams split their season series 9-9. NYC2ATL gets home field with the better division record.
      • The teams went 3-3 in their final two series in Weeks 23-25
      • Record for the last 10 games: Gilroy Garlic 3-7  NYC2ATL 9-1

10/2/21

  • 45 Division Champions from the September 30 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • A League About Nothing - Kramer Division: Cincinnati Hapless Wonders (owner Michael Horvitz - 5th win in 2021) - Previous best finish was 3rd in 3 seasons
    • American Association - Pittsburgh Alleghenys Division: Area 51 ET's (owner Jerry King - 5th win in 2021) - Also won in 2019
    • Anchorman League - Jennings Division: Cooperstown Wannabees (owner David Henning - 6th win in 2021) - Defending league champion
    • Beatleball
      • McCartney Division: Cold Was the Steel of My Axe to Grind (owner Sherman Wan - 21st win in 2021) - 10th division win, 4th consecutive; 4-time league winner
      • Harrison Division: Big Mack Attack (owner Tom McGraw - 3rd win in 2021) - 3rd consecutive pennant
      • Starr Division: Volkswagon Hipsters (owner Jason Kiernan - 52nd win in 2021) - Defending league champion; 9th division title
    • Beer League - Yeast Division: The Natty Lights (owner Bill Munger) - New owner gets 12th pennant in 15 seasons; 5-time league champ and 2-time Bash champ
    • Big Red Machine League - George Fosterz Division: Atlanta Redbirds (owner Robert Elias - 3rd win in 2021) - Repeat winner
    • Birdland - Frank Robinson Division: Annapolis Crabbers (owner Dave Matter - 17th win in 2021) - 2nd place in 2020, missed by 1 game
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Reese Division: Aksarben Krusaders (owner Don Kruse - 3rd win in 2021) - 8th division win in 13 seasons
    • Blue and Gray League
      • Grant Division: Bradford Bluecoats (owner Jay Snyder - 7th win in 2021) - 5th division win; 3-time league champ
      • Sherman Division: Lincoln Logs (owner Andrew Lehman - 6th win in 2021) - 6th division win; 2012 league champion
      • Jackson Division: Charleston Cannon Fodder (owner Jerry King - 6th win in 2021) - Defending league champion via league tournament along with 3 other titles; 11th division win
    • British Invasion League - The Who Division: Abbey Road Revolution (owner David Henning - 7th win in 2021) - Inaugural season
    • Cleveland Rocks
      • Boudreau Division: North Coast Wahoos (owner Michael Rudolph - 7th win in 2021) - League champ in 2019; 3rd straight division win
      • Doby Division: Buckeyeland Blasters (owner Dave Matter - 18th win in 2021) - First division win since 2014
    • Commissioners League
      • Frick Division: San Andreas Quakers (owner Bill Munger - 2nd win in 2021) - 4th division win; 2014 league champ
      • Ueberroth Division: Gotham Gargoyles (owner John Hula - 12th win in 2021) - Also won in 2018
    • Federal League
      • Baltimore Terrapins Division: Longyearbyen Lost Miners (owner Sherman Wan - 22nd win in 2021) - 5th division win; 3-time league champ
      • Ueberroth Division: Atlanta Kool Runnings (owner Ricardo Alexander - 12th win in 2021) - Won 5 straight pennants 2014-2018; 2014 league champion
    • Five Boroughs League
      • Queens Division: Manhattan Magillas (owner Dave Matter - 19th win in 2021) - First division title; had finished 2nd 3 times
      • Staten Island Division: Shaolin Killa Bees (owner John Hula - 13th win in 2021) - Finished last in each of the league's previous 5 seasons
    • Four Star League - Patton Division: Main Street Hustlers (owner Roland Dupont - 13th win in 2021) - First trip to playoffs since 2014
    • Game Night League - Inaugural season
      • Life Division: Atlanta Robot Baseball (owner Ricardo Alexander - 13th win in 2021)
      • Battleship Division: Boom!!! Tetris for Jeff (owner Jason Kiernan - 53rd win in 2021)
    • Golden Throat League - Bob Prince Division: Azilum Antionettes (owner Jay Snyder - 8th win in 2021) - Defending league champion; 6th consecutive division win
    • Gone But Not Forgotten League
      • New York Giants Division: Minor League Baseball (owner Andrew Lehman - 7th win in 2021) - Repeat winner
      • Philadelphia Athletics Division: Center City Flashbacks (owner David Henning - 8th win in 2021) - Also won in 2019
    • Grunge League - Hole Division: Knee Deep In Hoopla (owner Michael Lehman - 3rd win in 2021) - First division win after 2 straight 2nd-place finishes
    • Home of the Brave - Maranville Division: Kiss My Asp (owner Alonda Clifton) - First division win - had finished 2nd in 3 of the league's first 4 seasons
    • K Street League
      • Blyleven Division: Darwin Destroyers (owner Matt Strawbridge) - Repeat winner, 6th overall; 2 league titles
      • Sutton Division: Dawns Early Light (owner Ken Stevenson) - 4th consecutive pennant, 6th overall; 2019 league champion
    • The Kings of Queens - Harrelson Division: Cincinnati Redlegs 2 (owner Michael Horvitz - 6th win in 2021) - Repeat division winner
    • Marxball - Groucho Division: Freedonia Freedom Fighters (owner John Hula - 14th win in 2021) - Best previous finish had been 2nd place in 2017-2018
    • Murderers' Row
      • Big Poison Division: Palookaville Pugs (owner Sherman Wan - 23rd win in 2021) - 9th division win in 12 seasons; 2 league titles
      • Big Puma Division: Guttenberg Gandolfinis (owner Tom Twomey - 3rd win in 2021) - 10 division win in 12 seasons; 2 league titles
    • Original Six League - Red Wings Division: Destiny's Guardians (owner David Henning - 9th win in 2021) - First division win; finished 3rd last year
    • Pacific Northwest League - Beavers Division: Walla Walla Sweet Onions (owner Michael Horvitz - 3rd win in 2021) - 3rd division pennant; 2016 league champ
    • Perfect World League
      • David Wells Division: Adrenaline Mob (owner A Citarella - 3rd win in 2021) - 3rd consecutive pennant, 7th overall; 2011 league champion
      • Randy Johnson Division: Malta Peanut Butter Falcons (owner Sherman Wan - 24th win in 2021) - Also won in 2020, 6th pennant; League champ in 2015
    • Reality Bites League - American Idol Division: Kingston Jamaicans (owner Ricardo Alexander - 14th win in 2021) - Missed division win in 2020 after 6 straight; 2015 league champ
    • ThirtyThirtysomething League - Jeff Bagwell Division: Des Moines Corncobs (owner Tom Kohl - 2nd win in 2021) - Finished 2nd in the league's first 2 seasons
    • Tobacco Road League - Blue Devils Division: Smoke Rings (owner Roland Dupont - 14th win in 2021) - First division win
    • Will Ferrell League
      • Blades of Glory Division: Whistling Dixie (owner Roland Dupont - 15th win in 2021) - Repeat winner
      • Stranger Than Fiction Division: Boone Central Cardinals (owner Mike Cerny) - Repeat winner

9/30/21

  • Week 25 Continues - Games 149-150 posted - See results
    • We're not done!  We have some ties to break - 12 divisions ended in ties. Details will be posted on Friday.
    • See standings for all leagues
    • Around BWB
    • The next score update for Game 151 tiebreakers is expected on Saturday
  • On the final day of the BWB regular season, here's our last update to the close pennant races around BWB leagues before Games 149-150.
    • 57 of the 268 divisions have not yet crowned a champion
    • Included in that, all 4 divisions in Beatleball and 3 of the 4 divisions in Blue and Gray League are yet to be decided
    • Some teams are making an incredible run at the end while some formerly safe division leaders have had some epic collapses.
    • We have at least 2 divisions with a chance for a 3-way tie (Batman League and Minnie & Paul League)

9/29/21

  • 35 Division Champions from the September 28 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Louisville Colonels Division: Throwback All-Stars (owner Jason Kiernan - 46th win in 2021) - Repeat winner, 3rd overall
    • Batman League
      • Keaton Division: Waterbury Riddlers (owner Mike Scott) - First pennant in the league's 12th season; Had finished 2nd 4 times
      • Kilmer Division: Winged Vengeance (owner John Hula - 10th win in 2021) - 3rd division win
    • Birdland - Brooks Robinson Division: NYC2ATL Jr. Eagles (owner Ricardo Alexander - 9th win in 2021) - Defending league champ; 3rd straight division title
    • Blame Canada League - Eric Division: Mogadishu Pirates (owner J.C. Freeman) - Repeat win, 4th overall
    • Blue and Gray League - Lee Division: Lexington Native Guards (owner Jason Kiernan - 47th win in 2021) - Repeat winner, 4th overall; League title in 2013
    • Born to Run League - Raines Division: Sonoma Reds (owner Ken DeGroot) - First division win in the league's 5th season
    • Broadway League - Rounding Third Division: NYC2ATL Evil Empire (owner Ricardo Alexander - 10th win in 2021) - 4th division win in the league's 4 seasons; 2018 league champion
    • Cleveland Rocks - Harder Division: Wonton Soup (owner Roland Dupont - 10th win in 2021) - Defending league champ via 2020 league tournament, but this is first division win
    • Deuces Wild League - Musial Division: Lexington Losers (owner Tom McGraw - 2nd win in 2021) - First division win in league's 13th season; best finish had been 2nd place twice
    • Experts League - Web Division: Irish Alcohooligans (owner Jerry King - 4th win in 2021) - 3rd win, first since 2016 when league champion
    • Federal League - Brooklyn Tip-Tops Division: Sheshequin Shenanigans (owner Dave Matter - 13th win in 2021) - 6th division win; League champ in 2017 and 2016
    • Fenway Fenatics - Doerr Division: St. Louis Redbirds (owner Michael Quinn - 10th win in 2021) - 5th division pennant; League champ in 2016
    • Geek Pride League - Zuckerberg Division: Orphanville Pickpockets (owner Michael Horvitz - 4th win in 2021) - Also won in 2019
    • Gone But Not Forgotten League - St. Louis Browns Division: Veeckville Gaedels (owner A Citarella - 2nd win in 2021) - 3rd consecutive title; 2019 league winner
    • Grand Slam League - Ramirez Division: Winston Wants Bangers for Breakfast (owner Jamison Reese - 4th win in 2021) - League champ in 2019, 2nd division title
    • Hall of Fame League - Ruth Division: Nordeast Original Sinners (owner Andrew Lehman - 5th win in 2021) - 8th division title; 3 league championships
    • The Kings of Queens - Hernandez Division: Astoria Argyle Sox (owner Sherman Wan - 19th win in 2021) - 4th division win - last one was in 2018 when league champion
    • Motor City League - Greenberg Division: Mt Pleasant Bomb Squad (owner Jason Kiernan - 48th win in 2021) - 4th consecutive title, 7th overall; 2016 league champ
    • North Siders League
      • Williams Division: Chicago Prophets (owner Rick Furtak - 2nd win in 2021) - Only previous trip to playoffs was in 2015
      • Jenkins Division: The Blues Brothers Rhythm and Blues Revue (owner John Hula - 11th win in 2021) - 3rd division win
      • Sutter Division: Wrigleyville Bryzzo Souvenirs (owner Jason Kiernan - 49th win in 2021) - 3rd straight division win, 5th overall
    • Phightin' Phils League - Ashburn Division: Wadsworth Whiffers (owner Michael Rudolph - 6th win in 2021) - Third consecutive win, fourth overall
    • Redbirds League - Brock Division: Manalapan Monchichis (owner Tom Twomey - 2nd win in 2021) - 7th division title but first since 2016; League champ in 2014
    • Scooby Doo League - Daphne Division: North DeLisle Rangers (owner Sherman Wan - 20th win in 2021) - 5th straight pennant, 6th overall; 2018 league champ
    • South Siders League - Fox Division: Wimpy's Hawks (owner Dave Matter - 14th win in 2021) - 3rd consecutive win
    • Steel City League - Kiner Division: Stargell's Spectacular Slammin Spectacle (owner Jason Kiernan - 50th win in 2021) - Repeat winner; 2020 Benchwarmer Bash champion
    • Superman League - Brandon Routh Division: Heavenly Hash (owner Roland Dupont - 11th win in 2021) - First trip to playoffs since 2 season run in 2013-14
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Stripes Division: Kingston Don Dadda (owner Ricardo Alexander - 11th win in 2021) - 4th division win; League champ in 2019 and 2018
    • They Might Be Giants League - Marichal Division: Silicon Valley Sluggers (owner Dave Matter - 15th win in 2021) - Repeat winner, 3rd overall
    • ThirtyThirtysomething League - Raul Mondesi Division: Duluth Superiors (owner Jerry Stevens) - 2nd place last year, first division win
    • Triple Crown League - Robinson Division: Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2015 Pan Americans (owner Leif Jonson - 2nd win in 2021) - 15th season, first pennant; Best finish had been 2nd place 4 times
    • Tobacco Road League - Tar Heels Division: Southern Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 6th win in 2021) - Previous best finish was 3rd last season
    • Whiff League - Andres Gallaraga Division: Cyclonic Swingers (owner Dave Matter - 16th win in 2021) - Finished 2nd in each of the league's first 2 seasons
    • White Elephant League - Jackson Division: Rising Stars (owner Roland Dupont - 12th win in 2021) - Also won in 2019
    • Will Ferrell League - Old School Division: Buddy the Elf Plays Every Position (owner Jason Kiernan - 51st win in 2021) - First division win, finished 2nd in 2020

9/27/21

  • 25 Division Champions from the September 26 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • A League About Nothing - Newman Division: Jerry's Villian (owner Michael Quinn - 8th win in 2021) - 2nd division pennant, also won in 2017
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Drysdale Division: Scully's Songbirds (owner Jason Kiernan - 41st win in 2021) - Defending winner, 4th overall; 2010 league champ
    • Born to Run League - Cobb Division: Escape from New Jersey In a Green Ford Taurus SHO (owner John Hula - 8th win in 2021) - First division win; Won the league title in the 2020 tournament
    • Broadway League - The Hot Corner Division: Rochelle Rochelle (owner Michael Rudolph - 4th win in 2021) - Repeat win
    • Bronx Bombers League - DiMaggio Division: Harlem Hillbillies (owner Roland Dupont - 8th win in 2021) - 3rd division title
    • Chevy Chase League - Clark W. Griswold, Jr. Division: Cool Dudes (owner Roland Dupont - 9th win in 2021) - 9th title in franchise history; 2012 league champion
    • Experts League - Print Division: Mare Serenitatis Water Bears (owner Sherman Wan - 18th win in 2021) - Defending league champ; 4th division pennant
    • Fenway Fenatics - Boggs Division: Werewolves of London (owner Jamison Reese - 3rd win in 2021) - First trip to playoffs since 2014
    • Firemen League - Wagner Division: Lefty Flamethrowers (owner Jason Kiernan - 42nd win in 2021) - Defending league champ; 3rd division title
    • Four Star League - MacArthur Division: Mt. Eaton Hilltoppers (owner Dave Matter - 11th win in 2021) - First pennant in league's 12th season; best finish had been 2nd place last year and in 2012
    • Hall of Fame League - Cobb Division: San Diego Surfriders (owner John Hula - 9th win in 2021) - Defending league champion in 2020's tournament; First division win since 2014
    • K Street League - Seaver Division: Wayne Mad Generals (owner Robert Elias - 2nd win in 2021) - Defending league champion (three overall); 6th division title - 5th in a row
    • Longball League - Killebrew Division: WC In the Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 9th win in 2021) - First division win since 2011, 3rd overall
    • Moneyball League
      • Scott Hatteberg Division: Freeport Pretzels (owner Jeff Zick) - Third division title
      • David Justice Division: Random Ninjas (owner Jason Kiernan - 43rd win in 2021) - Repeat winner, 4th overall; 2017 league champion
    • Perfect World League - Kenny Rogers Division: Gambler's Luck (owner Jason Kiernan - 44th win in 2021) - First division win in the league's 12th season; had 4 2nd-place finishes
    • Shadowball League - Memphis Red Sox Division: Bingo Long's Travelling All-Stars (owner Jason Kiernan - 45th win in 2021) - Defending league champ (2018 as well); 5th division title
    • Silver Screen League - Bad News Bears Division: Chatsworth Tatum Tots (owner Dave Matter - 12th win in 2021) - First pennant in the league's 8th season; best finish had been 2nd in 2016 and 2015
    • South Siders League - Faber Division: Georgia Pecans (owner Willis Lee) - First division win
    • Steel City League
      • Wagner Division: Monongahela River Monsters (owner Michael Rudolph - 5th win in 2021) - Repeat win, 3rd overall; 2016 league champ
      • Traynor Division: Hershey Special O.P.S. (owner David Henning - 4th win in 2021) - Defending league champion in 2020's tournament; 6 straight wins 2014-19
    • That's the Fact Jack League - The Life Aquatic Division: Proton Gunslingers (owner David Henning - 5th win in 2021) - 4th division win; League champ in 2017 and 2016
    • Three of a Kind League - Beckley Division: Wyalusing Whiffers (owner Jay Snyder - 6th win in 2021) - 2020 broke a string of 6 straight division wins; this is 9th overall and has 2 league titles
    • Wes Anderson League - Rushmore Division: Rock Solid (owner Danny Zaccaro - 2nd win in 2021) - First division crown; 2nd place in both 2020 and 2019
    • White Elephant League - Hunter Division: Arctic Ocean Elephant Seals (owner Michael Lehman - 2nd win in 2021) - 2nd division win; 2018 league champion

9/25/21

  • I had mentioned a while back there was a mistake in the team stats that could be showing more Pinesitter Pitchers for your team than actually occurred.  That is now fixed and Power Index rankings are now using that corrected data.
  • 23 Division Champions from the September 24 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Reasoner Division: Cold Pizza (owner Roland Dupont - 5th win in 2021) - 3rd division win, first since 2015
    • Blame Canada League - Kenny Division: Banff Snowcaps (owner Dave Matter - 8th win in 2021) - 3rd straight division title, 4th overall
    • Broadway League - Riding The Pine Division: Bring Him Home (owner Sherman Wan- 13th win in 2021) - 2nd division win
    • Chevy Chase League - Emmit Fitz-Hume Division: Quahog Drunken Clams (owner Don Kruse - 2nd win in 2021) - 5th pennant; League champ in 2013
    • Experts League - Blogs Division: St. Louis Prefectos (owner Sheldon Price) - 4th division win; 2-time league champion
    • Fenway Fenatics - Fisk Division: MacPhail's Phire Sale (owner Christian Ingram) - 5th division title
    • Geek Pride League - Dorsey Division: Seattle Grunge (owner Dave Matter - 9th win in 2021) - 3rd division win; 2013 league champ
    • Longball League
      • Robinson Division: Lagrange Sluggers (owner Tom McGraw) - 1st playoff appearance since 2009
      • McGuire Division: Risky Business (owner Roland Dupont - 6th win in 2021) - 3rd straight division title, 4th overall
    • Minnie & Paul League - Oliva Division: Minoso & Waner (owner Jason Kiernan - 39th win in 2021) - 4th division pennant; League champ in 2015
    • Moneyball League - Ron Washington Division: Billy's Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 7th win in 2021) - First playoff trip since 2013
    • Motor City League - Gehringer Division: Alcubierre-Obousy Skunkworks (owner Sherman Wan - 14th win in 2021) - 3rd division win; 2019 league champ
    • Reality Bites
      • Fear Factor Division: Pawn Stars of Las Vegas (owner Jason Kiernan - 40th win in 2021) - Defending league champion
      • Amazing Race Division: Interlaken Cheese Transport (owner Sherman Wan - 15th win in 2021) - 6th division crown; 2-time league champ
      • Bachelor Division: Carmel Surf Dogs (owner Andrew Lehman - 4th win in 2021) - 5th division pennant
    • Shadowball League - Birmingham Black Barons Division: Tombstone Gun Fighters (owner Robert Elias) - Defending champ, 10th overall; looking for first league title
    • Three of a Kind League - Wagner Division: Havana Lounge Lizards (owner Jerry King - 3rd win in 2021) - 7th division win, 1st since 2016; 2011 league champion
    • Tobacco Road League - Demon Deacons Division: Kentucky Farm Boys (owner Jamison Reese - 2nd win in 2021) - 1st division win
    • Triple Crown League - Yastrzemski Division: Garreg Mach Monks (owner Sherman Wan - 16th win in 2021) - 3rd straight win, 5th overall; 2011 league champion
    • Wes Anderson League - The Life Aquatic Division: All Day Suckers (owner Roland Dupont - 7th win in 2021) - Repeat winner
    • White Elephant League - Williams Division: NYC2ATL White Eagles (owner Ricardo Alexander - 8th win in 2021) - 3rd division win in the league's 4 seasons
    • Winners Circle League
      • Spahn Division: Monsters Aren't Afraid (owner Sherman Wan - 17th win in 2021) - 3rd division win; League champ in 2017
      • Galvin Division: Angel Cats (owner Dave Matter - 10th win in 2021) - Repeat winner; League champ in 2018

9/23/21

  • 28 Division Champions from the September 22 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • A League About Nothing - Elaine Division: Infinite Zeroes (owner David Henning) - Defending league champion
    • American Association - Cincinnati Red Stockings Division: Gentleman Jack (owner Roland Dupont - 2nd win in 2021) - Repeat division winner
    • Big Red Machine League
      • Dave Concepcion Division: Dave Concepcion Daveplugs (owner Jason Kiernan - 34th win in 2021) - Won league championship in league's first season last year
      • Sparky Anderson Division: Bottom of the Barrel (owner Andrew Lehman - 3rd win in 2021) - Finished 2nd last season
    • Bleed Dodger Blue League - Campanella Division: Wisconsin Dawgs (owner Greg Flees) - 3rd division title - Defending league champion; 9th division win in 12 seasons
    • British Invasion League - The Animals Division: Kingston Brixton Yardies (owner Ricardo Alexander - 6th win in 2021) - Inaugural season
    • Cleveland Rocks - Averill Division: Lake Erie Storm (owner David Henning - 2nd win in 2021) - 7th division win in 9 seasons - 3rd consecutive; League champ 2014-2016
    • Experts League - Airwaves Division: Stateroom Egg Boilers (owner Jason Kiernan - 35th win in 2021) - 3rd straight pennant, 10th overall; 3-time league champion
    • Firemen League - Eckersley Division: Flagstaff Flag Raisers (owner Dave Matter - 7th win in 2021) - 3rd division win, first since 2016
    • Five Boroughs League - Brooklyn Division: Brooklyn Ghostbusters (owner John Stroba - 2nd win in 2021) - Best previous finish had been 2nd place in 2017-2018
    • Golden Throat League - Jack Buck Division: Cincinnati Orphans (owner Michael Horvitz) - Back to the playoffs for the first time since 2016
    • Grand Slam League - McCovey Division: Oklahoma Sooners (owner Phillip Dang) - Also won in 2018
    • Grunge League - Alice in Chains Division: Sun + Ocean Blue (owner Sherman Wan- 12th win in 2021) - Repeat division win
    • The Kings of Queens - Koosman Division: Kansas Bucks (owner Greg Flees - 2nd win in 2021) - 9th division tiltle in the league's 12 years; no league championships yet
    • Minnie & Paul League - Blyleven Division: Cincinnati Cardinals 1 (owner Michael Horvitz - 2nd win in 2021) - 1st pennant in league's 11th season; had finished 3 times, including 2020
    • North Siders League - Sandberg Division: Waypoint Spartans (owner David Henning - 3rd win in 2021) - 3rd straight division win; League champ in 2019 and 2014
    • Original Six League
      • Bruins Division: Salted Nuts (owner Roland Dupont - 3rd win in 2021) - 1st pennant; finished 2nd the previous 2 seasons
      • Black Hawks Division: Super Mario All Stars!!! Now with Sid the Kid!!! (owner Jason Kiernan - 36th win in 2021) - 4th consecutive division win
    • Pacific Northwest League - Cougars Division: Cincinnati Flying Pigs (owner Michael Horvitz - 3rd win in 2021) - Best previous finish in league's 8 seasons was 3rd (3 times)
    • Phightin' Phils League - Alexander Division: NYC2ATL Blackbirds (owner Ricardo Alexander - 7th win in 2021) - 2nd division win - first since 2016
    • Royal Flush League - Splittoff Division: St. Louis Aces (owner Michael Quinn - 5th win in 2021) - 3rd consecutive division win; 2017 league champ
    • South Siders League - Walsh Division: South Pole Blizzard (owner Jason Kiernan - 37th win in 2021) - 4th consecutive division win; Won the league in 2018
    • ThirtyThirtysomething League - Ron Gant Division: The Thunder Down Under (owner Skip Hohensee) - Repeat win
    • Tobacco Road League - Tar Heels Division: Southern Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 6th win in 2021) - Previous best finish was 3rd last season
    • Wes Anderson League - Bottle Rocket Division: Surfin USA Looking for Bill Murray (owner Jason Kiernan - 38th win in 2021) - 2nd division title
    • Whiff League
      • Jose Canseco Division: New Day (owner Roland Dupont - 4th win in 2021) - Also won in 2019
      • Willie Stargell Division: The Usual Suspects (owner Micah Bustard) - First division crown
    • Will Ferrell League - Talledega Nights Division: Carter Lake Scorpions (owner Don Kruse) - Also won division and conference in 2018

9/21/21

  • 16 Division Champions from the September 20 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • A League About Nothing - Peterman Division: Overdried Clothes (owner Jason Kiernan - 31st win in 2021) - First division win in league's 5th season after 3 straight 2nd place finishes
    • Anchorman League - Chancellor Division: House of Cronkite (owner Brian Haines - 2nd win in 2021) - 2nd division win - first since 2016
    • B Movie Actor League - Burn Notice Division: California Kicked UR A$$ (owner Craig Burke) - 3rd division title - League champion in 2016; 2nd division win
    • Birdland - Eddie Murray Division: Bluth Frozen Bananas (owner Daniel Foley, Jr.) - Also won the division in 2018
    • British Invasion League - The Zombies Division: Dave Clark Five Over and Over (owner Jason Kiernan - 32nd win in 2021) - Inaugural season
    • Deuces Wild League - Cobb Division: Rock Ridge Raiders (owner Jerry King - 2nd win in 2021) - 4th division win; League champion in 2018 and 2017
    • Federal League - Buffalo Buffeds Division: Clockwork Angels (owner A Citarella) - 3rd straight division crown
    • Five Boroughs League - Bronx Division: Total Chaos (owner Roland Dupont) - Also won division in 2018
    • Four Star League - Bradley Division: Kenobi's Jedi Knights (owner Jason Kiernan - 33rd win in 2021) - 2nd straight division win
    • Game Night League - Inaugural season
      • Clue Division: Kentucky Fried Foghorn Leghorn (owner Sherman Wan - 10th win in 2021)
      • Operation Division: SoCal Blue Dogs (owner Scott Owens)
    • Minnie & Paul League - Carew Division: Bloomington Metropolitans (owner Sam Campbell) - 2nd division title - first since 2015
    • Murderers' Row - Big Ed Division: Atlanta Bronx Bombers (owner Ricardo Alexander - 5th win in 2021) - 6-time league champion; 9th division title
    • Phightin' Phils League - Klein Division: Mt. Eaton Fox Squirrels (owner Dave Matter - 6th win in 2021) - 5 straight division wins; League champ in 2018 and 2017
    • South Siders League - Minoso Division: Machynlleth Power (owner Sherman Wan - 11th win in 2021) - Defending league champion
    • Steel City League - Mazeroski Division: Roberto's Boys (owner John Hula - 7th win in 2021) - First trip to playoffs in the league's 5th season

9/18/21

  • 28 Division Champions from the September 16 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Anchorman League - Rather Division: Hot Stove (owner Dave Matter - 4th win in 2021) - One previous trip to playoffs in 2017
    • B Movie Actor League - Brisco County Jr. Division: Brisco County Dharmanauts (owner John Hula - 5th win in 2021) - 3rd division title - looking for first trip to the finals
    • Batman League - Clooney Division: Biff, Bam, KKrunk (owner Jason Kiernan - 25th win in 2021) - Defending league champ, 6th division pennant
    • Beer League
      • Water Division: Goose Island 312 Chicago Microbrew (owner Jason Kiernan - 26th win in 2021) - Repeat title, 6th overall; 3-time league champ
      • Malt Division: Maiden's Trooper Ale (owner Derrick Silensky) - 2nd division title in team history
    • Blame Canada League - Kyle Division: Aurora Borealis (owner Sherman Wan - 7th win in 2021) - 5th time on top; 2 league titles (2017 and 2014)
    • British Invasion League - The Kinks Division: York Mints (owner Tom Kohl) - Inaugural season
    • Bronx Bombers League
      • Gehrig Division: Standing Stone Subtle Tsunami (owner Jay Snyder - 4th win in 2021) - Missed division win in 2020 after 5 straight; 3 league titles
      • Ford Division: DJ Alyx and the Vortigaunts (owner Sherman Wan - 8th win in 2021) - 3rd division title
      • Rizzuto Division: St. Louis Braumeisters (owner Justin Juengel) - Franchise's first division crown in league's 11th season after 4 straight 2nd-place finishes
    • Firemen League - Smith Division: House of Leary (owner Brian Haines) - 5th division crown; Has 3 league wins: 2019, 2017, and 2012
    • Golden Throat League - Ernie Harwell Division: Vin's Vacationers (owner Jason Kiernan - 27th win in 2021) - Repeat win, 4th overall
    • Hall of Fame League - Wagner Division: Ozzie Smith's Defensive Wizards (owner Jason Kiernan - 28th win in 2021) - Repeat winner, 6th overall
    • Home of the Brave - Niekro Division: Phoenix Loveweavers (owner John Stroba) - First division title - first time above 3rd place
    • K Street League - Perry Division: D.C. Lobbyists (owner Jon Swanson) - 7th division win; Only conference title was in 2014
    • Marxball - Zeppo Division: Kingston FC (owner Ricardo Alexander - 4th win in 2021) - 4th straight division title
    • Murderers' Row - Big Donkey Division: Chicago Public Enemies (owner Jerry King) - Defending league champion - 6th division win but looking for first league championship
    • Original Six League - Rangers Division: Lamoureux Mighty Dekes (owner Sherman Wan - 9th win in 2021) - Defending league champ; 2nd division pennant
    • Perfect World League - David Cone Division: Bates Motel Cabana Boys (owner Andrew Lehman - 2nd win in 2021) - 3rd division win - first since 2016
    • Phightin' Phils League - Roberts Division: Steak Sandwich Fanatics of Philadelphia (owner Jason Kiernan - 29th win in 2021) - 3rd division win
    • Redbirds League - Smith Division: Brazil 2014 Canarinho (owner Leif Jonson) - 9th division win in 16 seasons; League champ in 2019 and 2016
    • Royal Flush League
      • Patek Division: West Bottoms Hungry Heifers (owner Dave Matter - 5th win in 2021) - Best previous finish in league's first 6 seasons was 2nd (3 times)
      • Quisenberry Division: Runner Runner Royal Flush (owner John Hula - 6th win in 2021) - Also won the division in 2019
    • Shadowball League - Pittsburgh Crawfords Division: Cal Tech Atoms (owner Jamison Reese) - Repeat division winner, 7th overall; League champ twice
    • Superman League - Christopher Reeve Division: Jor El Cards (owner Michael Quinn - 3rd win in 2021) - 4th division pennant; League champ in 2017
    • They Might Be Giants - Hubbell Division: Herrickville Haberdashers (owner Jay Snyder - 5th win in 2021) - Defending league champ, 7th division win
    • White Elephant League - Fingers Division: Who's on First? Abbott or Costello (owner Jason Kiernan - 30th win in 2021) - 3rd division win in the league's 4 seasons
    • Winners Circle League - Mathewson Division: Christy Cardinals (owner Michael Quinn - 4th win in 2021) - Only previous trip to playoffs was in 2011

9/15/21

  • 17 Division Champions from the September 14 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Born to Run League
      • Coleman Division: Brooklyn Dodgers (owner Jason Kiernan - 20th win in 2021) - Also won the division in 2019
      • Latham Division: Nebraska Grasshoppers (owner Rick Furtak) - 3rd division title
    • Commissioners League
      • Chandler Division: Runnin' Redbirds Circa late 80's (owner Jason Kiernan - 19th win in 2021) - 9th division win; League champ in 2012 and 2011
      • Giamatti Division: Towanda Teetotalers (owner Jay Snyder - 3rd win in 2021) - 5th division win - owns 3 league crowns (2018, 2017, 2015)
    • Four Star League - Eisenhower Division: General Anesthetic (owner John Hula - 2nd win in 2021) - 3rd division win - first since 2014
    • Geek Pride League - Tomlinson Division: Ai. Phi. Oh Volunteers (owner Jason Kiernan - 21st win in 2021) - Defending league champion - 3rd division win
    • Grunge League
      • Soundgarden Division: Seattle Spoonmen (owner Michael Rudolph - 2nd win in 2021) - Also won division in 2018
      • Stone Temple Pilots Division: Plush sung by Percival Edmund (owner Jason Kiernan - 22nd win in 2021) - League champ in 2019, 2nd division title
    • Hall of Fame League - Cooperstown Division: Chicxulub Revolution (owner Sherman Wan - 6th win in 2021) - 13th division title; 4-time league champ, most recently in 2019
    • Marxball - Harpo Division: Adolph's Harpsters (owner Dave Matter - 3rd win in 2021) - Repeat title
    • Scooby Doo League
      • Shaggy Division: Rittman Corked Bats (owner Michael Rudolph - 3rd win in 2021) - 4th consecutive division win, 5th overall
      • Velma Division: Harlem Ghostbusters (owner John Hula - 3rd win in 2021) - First playoff appearance since 2016
    • Silver Screen League - Bang the Drum Slowly Division: Reality Bites (owner John Hula - 4th win in 2021) - Repeat division winner, 4th overall
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Lost in Translation Division: Passage Tombs (owner Jim Duzyk) - Also won division in 2017
    • Three of a Kind League - Speaker Division: Three Blind Mouse-ketiers (owner Jason Kiernan - 23rd win in 2021) - Repeat division winner
    • Triple Crown League
      • Medwick Division: World War Z (owner Danny Zaccaro) - 6th straight division win - looking for first trip to finals
      • Klein Division: Underwater Flying Submarines (owner Jason Kiernan - 24th win in 2021) - 6th straight division win, 7th overall; Beat World War Z in conference finals each of last 5 years

9/13/21

  • 11 Division Champions from the September 13 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • B Movie Actor League - My Name is Bruce Division: Don't Let Me Down (owner Jason Kiernan - 12th win in 2021) - 3rd consecutive division win
    • Blame Canada League - Stan Division: Fairplays Hubba-baloo (owner Jason Kiernan - 13th win in 2021) - Defending league champ, 2nd division title
    • Firemen League - Franco Division: Smoke on the Water (owner Sherman Wan - 5th win in 2021) - 8th division title in 9 years; 3 straight league crowns 2013-2015
    • Golden Throat League - Haray Carey Division: Atlanta Gangsters (owner Ricardo Alexander - 3rd win in 2021) - 3rd straight title, 5th overall; Looking for first league championship
    • Grand Slam League - Murray Division: Moons Over My Hammy (owner Jason Kiernan - 14th win in 2021) - Defending league champion; 3rd division win
    • Redbirds League - Dean Division: Big Arch Over St Louis (owner Jason Kiernan - 15th win in 2021) - Was league champion last year without winning division; 1st division win since 2014
    • Superman League - George Reeves Division: Hollywood Squares (owner Michael Lehman) - 3rd division title; League champ in 2012
    • They Might Be Giants League - Terry Division: McCovey Cove Candlestick Makers (owner Jason Kiernan - 16th win in 2021) - Repeat winner, 3rd overall
    • ThirtyThirtysomething League - Willie Mays Division: Gant's Galloping Ghosts (owner Jason Kiernan - 17th win in 2021) - Defending league champion - 3rd division title in league's 3 seasons
    • Three of a Kind League - Connor Division: Damien Boys of Summer (owner Michael Quinn - 2nd win in 2021) - Repeat winner, 6th overall; League champ in 2016 and 2009
    • Whiff League - Sammy Sosa Division: Big Train Rides The Ryan Express (owner Jason Kiernan - 18th win in 2021) - Defending league champion

9/11/21

  • As we near the end of the regular season, I like to highlight the close pennant races around BWB leagues.  There will be eventually some more detail including the status of the teams' records in head-to-head play this season along with a listing of the games they have remaining between them.  For now, we've got a list of the teams within 6 games of the division lead.

9/10/21

  • 13 Division Champions from the September 9 games - it was a good day for Jason: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Birdland - Jim Palmer Division: Palmer, McNally, Cuellar, Dobson Throwing 20s at the wall (owner Jason Kiernan - 6th win in 2021) - Repeat division winner
    • Chevy Chase League
      • Ty Webb Division: Rummerfield Riverhorses (owner Jay Snyder - 2nd win in 2021) - 4 division wins in 5 years, 6th overall; 2017 league champion
      • Fletch F. Fletch Division: Lampoon's Play Baseball (owner Jason Kiernan - 7th win in 2021) - 3rd straight title, 6th overall; 2 league championships including 2020
    • Deuces Wild League - Brett Division: Double or Nothing (owner Jason Kiernan - 8th win in 2021) - Defending league champ - 3rd division crown
    • Home of the Brave - Mathews Division: Spahn and Sain Then Pray for Rain (owner Jason Kiernan - 9th win in 2021) - Repeat division winner, 3rd overall
    • Longball League - Mays Division: Mudville Nine (owner Rob Behymer) - Repeat winner, 9th overall; League champion in 2016
    • Marxball - Chico Division: Fiorello's Hard Boiled Eggs (owner Jason Kiernan - 10th win in 2021) - Defending league champ plus a title in 2018; 4th division win
    • Motor City League
      • Horton Division: Trumbull Rumblers (owner John Hula) - 2nd straight division win
      • Newhouser Division: Atlanta Wolverines (owner Ricardo Alexander - 2nd win in 2021) - 5th consecutive tltle, 6th overall; League champ in 2018 and 2017
    • Shadowball League - Chicago American Giants Division: Las Vegas Billionaires (owner Jim Sowerby) - Repeat winner, 11th overall; League champ 4 times most recently in 2015
    • Silver Screen League - Angels in the Outfield Division: Court Jesters (owner Jason Kiernan - 11th win in 2021) - Defending league champion - 2nd division win
    • That's the Fact Jack League - Caddyshack Division: Ty's Ties (owner Dave Matter - 2nd win in 2021) - Repeat winner
    • Wes Anderson League - The Darjeeling Limited Division: Twee True Outcomes (owner Sherman Wan - 4th win in 2021) - Defending league champ - 2nd division title

9/7/21

  • 9 Division Champions from the September 6 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Beer League - Hops Division: Kingfisher Ale Slammers (owner Tom Twomey) - 11th consecutive division title, 12th overall; Only one trip to finals in 2011 when league champion
    • Broadway League - Take Me Out Division: Jekyll & Hyde Singing in the Chicago Rain (owner Jason Kiernan - 4th win in 2021) - 3rd straight division win; League champ in 2019
    • Geek Pride League - Berners-Lee Division: Boba Chette and the Darksabers (owner Sherman Wan) - 6th division crown - won the league twice in 2017 and 2015
    • Grand Slam League - Ventura Division: Moons Over My Hammy (owner Sherman Wan - 2nd win in 2021) - 4th division title in 5 years; League champ in 2018
    • Home of the Brave - Nichols Division: Santa Clarita Lost Boys (owner Andrew Lehman) - 2nd division title; League champion in 2017
    • Pacific Northwest League - Huskies Division: Snoqualmie Owls (owner Sherman Wan - 3rd win in 2021) - Defending league champion - 5th division win (first time in an odd year)
    • Royal Flush League - Otis Division: Speed Wins and Homers do too!!! (owner Jason Kiernan - 5th win in 2021) - Repeat winner, 3rd time overall
    • Tobacco Road League - Wolfpack Division: Cape Fear Sea Wolves (owner Dave Matter) - Also a division winner in 2019
    • Winners Circle League - Alexander Division: Meshoppen Mythomaniacs (owner Jay Snyder) - First playoff appearance since 2013

9/5/21

  • Note - this is the FINAL week to sign free agents for the 2021 regular season.  Transactions in Weeks 25 and 26 are for cuts and IR moves only.

9/4/21

  • A quick note on the suspended game from April 11 between Miami and the Mets that finished earlier this week. We count stats for suspended games at the time the game is completed and the suspended game became Miami's Game 132 and New York's Game 131. Usually those stats are just normal, but usually suspended games have at least several innings played on the original date. In this case - only 2 batters appeared. With that in mind, BWB made these judgments regarding stats usage:
    • There were several players on Miami's starting lineup on April 11 who were traded before the game's completion and they all had zero or one at bats.  The Miami stats on Aug 31/Game 132 for those players were ignored and instead we used their current team's Game 132 stats.  This affected: Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, Adam Duvall, Chad Wallach, and John Curtiss (no team has Curtiss in its rotation right now, but his start would have been discarded).
    • Two Mets currently on the IL started that day and with the Mets the home team, they never had an at bat. Their "appearance" was ignored for New York's Game 131: Luis Guillorme and Tomas Nido.
    • Marcus Stroman faced 2 batters.  This start was discarded from the starting pitching queue.
  • 2 Division Champions from the September 3 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Gone But Not Forgotten League - Brooklyn Dodgers Division: Larry, Pedro, Kenny Hill and the 1994 Expos (owner Jason Kiernan - 2nd win in 2021) - Defending league champion - 3rd division title in the league's 3 years of play
    • The Kings of Queens - McGraw Division: Doc and Straw and Mookie!!! (owner Jason Kiernan - 3rd win in 2021) - Also won the division in 2019

9/3/21

  • 3 Division Champions from the September 2 games: (See standings for all leagues)
    • American Association - Philadelphia Athletics Division: Cleveland Spiders (owner Michael Rudolph) - Defending league champion - 2nd division win
    • Big Red Machine League - Tony Perez Division: Atlanta Redbirds (owner Ricardo Alexander) - Repeat winner
    • Deuces Wild League - Biggio Division: Sugarland Cards (owner Michael Quinn) - 3rd straight division win - 7th overall; League champ in 2019

9/1/21

  • Roughly about the same time every year, from the August 29 games in Game 121...congratulations to our first Division Champion: (See standings for all leagues)
    • Scooby Doo League - Fred Division: Where Are You? (owner Jason Kiernan) - Where was the last undefeated team this year, going 17-0 to start the season. Defending league champion; 3rd division title

8/22/21

  • Roster expansion is in play for games during Weeks 23-25.  You can start setting those specific taxi/minor spots now - a week early - so that you don't have to do it all in one week.

8/16/21

  • This is the final week this season to move any players to your Prospects Roster
    • More information about this is on the selection form and in the rules
    • Essentially you have the ability to protect up to 5 minor league players and they won't count against the 28-player limit for your roster carryover into 2022.
    • Each move costs 250, so you must have enough cash on hand to make those moves

8/6/21

  • With Game 100, we've reached the 2/3 mark of the regular season

8/5/21

  • Ten days until the trade deadline - trades are due by Week 20 - deadline is Sunday, August 15 at 7 PM EDT.

8/1/21

  • 2021 first-round pick Kumar Rocker did not sign with the Mets by the MLB deadline.  He will be removed from the player list this week - any signing attempts of Rocker this week will be discarded.
  • When players are traded, quite often they are going to a team that has played either more games or fewer games than their original team.  For ease of keeping track, BWB does not track the dates that players are traded, but does check the MLB game number of the games that they played.
    • This is kind of a liberal interpretation and it may allow for an extra game or two to be counted.  For example, If a player sat out Team A's Game 100 and played in Team A's Game 101, then got traded to Team B that has only played 98 games so far, if he plays in Team B's Game 100, he'll get credit for those stats.
    • This can also mean that a player is going to miss some games if he goes from a team that played fewer games to a team that has played more.
    • When there are duplicate MLB games for a player, the one that happened first on his old team will be counted.
    • I'm just processing the MLB box scores from the past 3 days and something I noticed that will be of interest to Anthony Rizzo owners.  Rizzo had already played for the Cubs in Chicago's MLB Games 102 & 103.  With the Yankees, Rizzo homered in both of the Yankees' Games 102 & 103.  But because we take the first game played, you're not going to see those HRs in your games from Rizzo.

7/28/21

  • First round draft picks of 2021 are now in the player list.  You can sign them this week.
    • Players that do not sign contracts with their MLB teams by the August 1 deadline will end up being ineligible to be signed and will be removed from the player list next week.  The good news this year is that deadline happens before the first transaction deadline to sign them.
    • How to find the picks?  On the player selection screen, use the "Other" filter and you'll find an option for "First Round (2021)"
    • You'll also find them by looking for players who are new to the list in Week 18, although they will be mixed in with other players added this week by making their first MLB appearances.

7/26/21

  • Note - a couple of people have pointed out to me some odd data on the team stats for starting pitchers.  When I can find time, I'll poke into this.  It's not affecting game scoring - there may be some issue in how I'm pulling together the stats at the end of each week.

7/23/21

  • In case you missed Thursday's email, a reminder that this week is the final week to submit contract extensionsDeadline is Monday, July 26 at 5 PM EDT.

7/20/21

  • Important deadline dates coming up
    • Sunday 7/25, Week 17: Final week for contract extensions (with delayed processing of Week 16, this deadline will likely be extended)
    • Sunday 8/1, Week 18: This week will be the first week that 2021 first round draft picks will be available to sign
    • Sunday 8/15, Week 20: Trade deadline
    • Saturday 8/21, Week 21: Final week to place players on the Prospects Roster

7/15/21

  • For Week 16 lineups - you may reorder your pitching rotation from scratch - we will not check on games of rest between Weeks 15 and 16 - it's our version of the All Star Break.  Lineup deadline is Sunday night.

7/14/21

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Sundays at 7 PM Eastern

7/7/21

  • This is the final week to get a salary rebate for players you cut. Deadline is Monday at 7 PM Eastern.

7/5/21

  • We've reached the halfway point of the season with Game 75

6/29/21

  • We start 3 weeks of games back in your division

6/18/21

  • Reminder - every 5 weeks our transaction deadline days change to sync with MLB - starting this week, deadlines are on Mondays at 7 PM Eastern

6/15/21

  • Warning - the upcoming week for transactions/lineups will be short.
    • Most likely I'll post the results of transaction submissions for Week 11 late on Wednesday night.
    • With Week 12, we'll move our weekly transaction/lineup deadlines to Monday nights
    • Plan accordingly - those of you with many teams may have to cut back on what you normally do each week.  Please put your priority toward getting your new signees into your lineups.
  • Important deadline dates coming up
    • Monday 7/12, Week 15: Final week to get a prorated salary rebate for any released players
    • Sunday 7/18, Week 16: All teams get an extra 1000 in cash prior to the contract deadline
    • Sunday 7/25, Week 17: Final week for contract extensions
    • Sunday 8/1, Week 18: This week will be the first week that 2021 first round draft picks will be available to sign
    • Sunday 8/15, Week 20: Trade deadline
    • Saturday 8/21, Week 21: Final week to place players on the Prospects Roster

6/12/21

  • With Game 50, we've reached the 1/3 mark of the regular season.

6/9/21

  • Next week - we can't process transactions again until Wed night, so we're going to delay the shift to Monday deadlines at least one week.  Week Eleven deadline is Tuesday night, June 15 at 7 PM Eastern - see Season Deadlines

5/31/21

  • Two Mets rainouts this weekend are causing a bit of havoc in our schedule.  The next set of games won't post until Wednesday now.  We need to finish those games in order to get the transaction order and the financial results for the next set of transactions.
  • The Mets play only 5 games next week, so we're not going to catch up any time soon - it gets better after mid-June when they start playing some doubleheaders to make up the missed games.
  • But be prepared - we're going to have to try to keep our transaction/lineup deadlines as much as possible (so that for the most part you're setting lineups before the pertinent games are played).  This may mean we can't post transaction results and reset for the next week until a couple days after the deadline.
  • This will mean at least a couple of very short weeks - be prepared.  For those of you with 20+ teams you may not be able to do as much as you would typically like to do.

5/14/21

  • Orphan Clearance - Any orphan team is available for free for the remainder of the 2021 season.
    • Current list of orphan teams
    • Normal charges will apply for next season
    • If you'd like to take over one of the Expert League teams, let me know.  This will be for 2021 only, unless your team wins the division (or another one of your teams wins the Benchwarmer Bash or is the Winners Circle League champion in 2021).
    • If you're new to BWB and want an orphan team, your first step is to sign up for a site ID.  Otherwise send me an email with your team choice.

5/11/21

  • Reminder - Weekly deadlines have moved to Tuesdays!  This week's transaction/lineup deadline is tonight Tuesday 5/11 at 7 PM EDT.

5/6/21

  • We start 8 weeks of games outside your division with the beginning of Week 4
  • Note: Every 5 weeks we change the transaction deadline day to better match the mapping between MLB games and BWB games.  Starting this week, and for Weeks 6-10 our lineup/transaction deadlines are due on Tuesdays

4/30/21

  • 14-0: Jason Kiernan's team in Scooby Doo League - Where Are You? - is still undefeated.  And we're down to 3 teams still looking for their first win - see Around BWB
  • I stated yesterday that the next score update would be on Saturday.  Actually, we still need to wait for the Mets to play 2 more games, so instead look for that update on Sunday

4/27/21

  • We're down to 1 undefeated team (Jason Kiernan, Scooby Doo League) but still 8 teams without a win.

4/26/21

  • After 10 games, there are 2 teams across BWB who are undefeated.  Unfortunately, there are still 12 teams looking for their first win.

4/24/21

  • It's a little early in the season - 14/15ths of the regular season still remains - but here's our 1-page look at comparing teams across all the leagues in the BWB universe: Around BWB

4/17/21

4/16/21

  • It's BWB Opening Day!  Week 1 Begins - Game 1 posted - See results
    • The next score update - for Games 2 & 3 - is expected on Saturday.

4/11/21

  • 2021 Schedule posted - you can see this in a number of ways:
    • Weekly schedule for your entire league - this is the link I'll post on the home page when we score games, it's also available on your league's home page and in the footer of every web page - the "Results" link.  This page will show the results and links to box scores.
    • Full season schedule for your league - a text representation of each 3-game series for this year.  It's also available as a link on the league home page and on the weekly schedule.  This page will not show game results.
    • Full season schedule for your team - A running record of all your games (or check out another team), including YTD record at each game, a link to the box score, and a look at upcoming pitching matchups.  This is available from a link at the top of the weekly schedule page.

4/4/21

  • Week Zero Transactions Posted
    • Any teams with cash balances above 5000 were slated to be cut down to that level (exceptions: new leagues, new owners taking over orphan teams, and orphans adopted on or after Week -2) - however, see the special extension below
    • Teams were then provided with an extra 2000 in Opening Day cash
    • Players may start getting added to the player list from here on out - as they appear in their first MLB game
      • Players are only added at the time of the posting of transaction results - so you don't have to be searching daily for new additions.
      • You'll find the new players in the player/free agent list - find the drop down box for "New in 2021" - players are listed by the first transaction week in which they can be signed.
  • Week One Transaction/Lineup Deadline - modified from Wednesday to Saturday, April 10 at 1 PM Eastern
  • Maximum Cash Balance - enforcement delayed - this will eventually get codified into the rules as something we'll do every year
    • Because of the nature of blind transaction submissions - teams may have planned out to get the balances below the limit, but after perhaps not being able to sign the players they wanted, the cash balances are now too high.
    • In trying to cut people a break, this list of teams that are over the maximum cash balance still have a chance to use their cash before losing it.
      • Because all teams have been given 2000 in cash for Opening Day, the new maximum balance is 7000
      • The teams on the list can only work their cash down via contract extensions - no additional player signings are available
      • Use the normal contract extension form to submit your choices
      • Before we process Week 1 transactions, we'll run a special contract extension round only.  After those extensions are processed, any of the teams that still have balances over 7000 will be cut down to that amount.
      • Then we'll move on to run the remainder of the Week 1 transaction submissions as normal.
      • The deadline to complete this is the same as the Week 1 transaction deadline - Saturday 4/10 at 1 PM EDT
      • Only the teams on this list need to be concerned about this

4/3/21

  • Deadline Extension: Week Zero transaction lineup deadline pushed back to tonight at midnight Eastern
  • Assuming Washington is able to start playing on Monday, the Nationals won't play their 6th game until Sunday, April 11.  This now makes our current target for the first BWB game to post on Monday 4/12.

4/1/21

  • Happy MLB Opening Day!  You might be asking...when do we start playing games?
    • First, understand the Five Game Gap - if you're new to BWB or just need a reminder, check out the explanation of how MLB games map to BWB games
    • So we need to wait until all teams play MLB game #6 to get to BWB game #1. 
    • Most MLB teams are scheduled to play their game #6 on Wed., April 7.  However, Cleveland is not scheduled to play #6 until Friday 4/9.
    • So we're going to target Saturday, April 10 as the first day to post BWB scores.  Of course, weather and postponements due to Covid-19 can affect the schedule.

3/31/21

  • Reminder: your teams' cash balances need to be below 5000 after processing this week's transactions or the balance will be cut down to 5000.  Need to take a quick pass again to see where you stand?  Check out the all my transactions page which displays the estimated cash balance for you after the transactions.  Changes in cash balances due to trades are not part of that calculation estimate. Cash balances above 5000 are displayed in red (I apologize to anyone who is colorblind).

3/30/21

  • Game Night League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 draft is now complete - your league moves into weekly transactions (next deadline is Saturday 4/3).

3/29/21

  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Three is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • The Phase 2 draft is now complete - your league moves into weekly transactions (next deadline is Saturday 4/3).
  • Week -1 Transaction Results Posted
  • - Week Zero deadline is Saturday night, April 3 at 7 PM Eastern
    • This is an extension from the planned Thursday deadline because two leagues are just finishing up their drafts.
    • Week 1 lineups will be due on Wednesday, April 7 - start getting them set now.
  • Week Zero transaction order
    • For returning leagues, it's the same as it was in the Redistribution Draft
    • For new leagues, once they are done with their drafts, the order will be sorted by team total payroll (ascending)
    • The order does not change for Weeks 1 and 2 - then starting in Week 3 it will change weekly depending on 2021 standings

3/28/21

  • Game Night League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part One is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • There are still a few teams that do not have a legal roster yet, so we continue with Phase Two of the draft - your next set of picks are due on Monday night, March 29 at midnight Eastern - This is a quick turnaround in order to give you more possible time for one week of free agency/trades before the season - if you cannot do picks by Monday night, please let me know ASAP and I can extend the deadline.

3/27/21

  • 2021 Weekly Transaction/Lineup Deadline Schedule posted
    • Every 5 weeks, the deadline day shifts to try to stay in sync with the MLB schedule
    • I hadn't really analyzed the MLB schedule in the last few years, so after doing that, our weekly deadlines for Weeks 1-5 are on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays
    • When we get to Weeks 16-25, our deadline days are actually 1-2 days ahead of schedule for most MLB teams - so for 2021 our transaction deadlines on Saturdays and Sundays will be at 7 PM Eastern instead of Noon Eastern. Deadline time is 7 PM for all of Weeks 1-25 unless there are extensions
  • Reminder - be careful of cutting guys with high salaries in Week -1 and Week Zero.  You need to have your team's cash balance below 5000 after the transactions in Week Zero.  If you cut an injured player like Nick Anderson or Kirby Yates you're going to get 80% of the salary rebated to you immediately.  If that cash puts you above 5000 and you don't spend it on another player or on a long term contract, you're going to lose any cash in excess of 5000.  Cut the guy in Week 1 or later, and you'll keep the entire rebate.

3/26/21

  • We're getting down to the wire for the final touches on your rosters heading into the season.
    • Week -1 transactions are due Sunday night at midnight EDT
    • Week Zero transactions are likely due Thursday, April 1 (but with drafts just finishing, this may get extended) - teams in returning leagues will lose any cash balance left over 5000 at that time (and then all teams get an extra 2000).  Starting a few of years ago, there are exceptions to this rule:
      • Any orphan teams acquired by an owner for his/her initial season of BWB are not subject to the maximum cash balance
      • Any orphan teams acquired where the extra 4000 cash is credited on Week -2 or later does not have to quickly reduce (We're currently in Week -1, so pick up an orphan now and your cash is safe)
      • And - any teams currently in orphan status will not be subject to a cut.
      • See the rule
    • Week 1 lineups will be due TBD - I'm spending some time this weekend to look at the MLB schedule and line up the BWB deadline dates accordingly.
  • 2021 Roster/lineup clarifications
    • We increased the size of the Taxi Squad this season from 4 to 10 to help get around the potential for more players sitting out due to Covid and because of some of the oddities of salaries based on the 2020 season that makes some guys unable to be put in the minors.
    • The IR spot on your roster - where a player will sit out for the remainder of the year - will stay at it's normal size of 1 and not the expanded 2020 size.
    • If any player opts out of the season due to Covid, we'll follow the 2020 special rule for how that was handled.  This may need some adjustments to the rules around those items based on the season schedule, but let's see how much this happens.  To this point, only Ian Desmond has opted out and he was only on one BWB roster.
    • Lineups and game scoring will be normal this season - we will not use the expanded roster rules that allowed Taxi Squad and minor leaguers to fill in.  Expanded rosters will be used as in normal seasons in Weeks 23-25.

3/25/21

  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase Two Draft, Part Two is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated
    • There are still a few teams that do not have a legal roster yet, so we continue with Phase Two of the draft - your next set of picks are due on Sunday night, March 28 at midnight Eastern

3/24/21

  • Game Night League - Live Draft Results Posted
    • See the league draft index for details
    • Rosters loaded and finances updated
    • Phase Two draft is now open - access the draft list from your team roster - deadline for Phase Two, Part One list submission is Saturday night 3/27 at midnight Eastern
  • Orphan Team Blowout - We're past the Redistribution Draft and several weeks of free agency - so let's try to move the remaining orphan teams for 1/3 the price.

3/15/21

  • During the Week -4 financial updates, I mistakenly deleted the fees that were to be deducted from teams to move players to IR and move players to the Prospects Roster.  There is a special financial update, dated 3/13/21, to reinstate those fees.  Sorry to mess up anyone's Week -3 transactions as a result.
  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase One Draft is complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Rosters populated and finances updated after the results for Phase One.
    • We now enter Phase Two of the draft - your first set of picks are due on Friday night, March 19 at midnight Eastern
    • Note: It looks like you'll be able to change your lineups right now even though the deadline for other leagues has passed.  However - any changes you make now before transactions are updated for the other leagues later on Monday will likely be overwritten - so you should probably wait until that happens.

3/14/21

  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase One Draft - contested pick resolution complete
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Coming on Monday night - we'll populate the rosters and open up Phase 2
  • Live draft time set for Game Night League - Sunday, March 21 at 5 PM Eastern - just 1 spot left

3/13/21

  • Last call for new leagues!
    • Great Lakes League will not run in 2021 - not enough teams and not enough time left to run a list draft
    • But we still have 4 open slots for Game Night League
      • This is a live draft - drafting the first 20 players of your roster using the ESPN system
      • Draft date will be Sunday, March 21 - time TBD, but we'll settle on that soon (start time will probably be somewhere in the range of 6-8 PM Eastern)

3/12/21

  • British Invasion League Draft - Phase One Draft is underway
    • See the league draft index for more information
    • Posted now - unique picks by team and a listing of the contested players
    • Coming this weekend: We'll start to resolve the contested picks

3/11/21

  • Covid-related changes for the 2021 season:
    • The taxi squad size will be increased by 6 - from 4 to 10 players
    • There is no decision yet on whether "expanded rosters" will be used for the season
    • Transaction warning messages are not yet updated for the new limits - those updates will be in place by this weekend

3/2/21

2/22/21

2/16/21

  • Welcome to Benchwarmer Baseball - It's a unique form of fantasy baseball as we play 150 individual head-to-head games in a season simulated from daily MLB stats - this isn't a Rotisserie game.
    • New leagues to start in 2021 are open - sign up now!
    • This is fantasy baseball 365 days a year.  Teams have cut down their 40-man rosters to a maximum of 28 players that they can carry over onto their 2020 squads.  And they are currently in the Redistribution Draft that gives teams with bad records in 2020 a good advantage in rebuilding.  After that, they'll be putting their finishing touches on their 2021 opening day rosters with free agent signing and trades.
    • Check out the Benchwarmer Baseball Tour for an introduction.
    • Check out our list of new leagues for 2021 that you can join to begin your dynasty.  Or, if you'd like to attempt to turn around a struggling team, view our available orphan teams ...pick up an existing team and rebuild it, rather than start from scratch.
      • If you're a first-time owner, you play under the "rookie rate" of $35 for your first team (normal price, $65)
      • Orphan teams are also just $35 - about 1/2 the normal price.
      • If you're interested, your first step is to sign up here.  Then go ahead and pick out a new league or check out the orphan list again.
    • Are you already a BWB team owner and want to add teams?  Check first to see if you have an available bonus team from 2020 or else add new teams here.  Email us if you want an orphan team and we'll set you up.

2/14/21

2/13/21

  • Deadline extension - for now, the deadline for the first Redistribution Draft picks is pushed out 12 hours until tonight -  Saturday night, midnight EST
    • You can check all your lists for errors (and remember it's OK to leave some of your list with Round = 0 as those players will be kept on your list until next week).
    • Are you skipping the draft because your cash balance is too low?  Don't forget that this is your first chance at players picked in the first round of the 2020 draft plus any players added from the 40-man rosters in mid-January.
  • Reminder - Are you getting "deceptive site" warnings while using Chrome to visit BWB?  One quick suggestion is to try a different browser.  However, you can also change your security settings in Chrome to prevent the constant warnings and perform your tasks without interruption.

2/12/21

  • The first submissions for the 2021 Redistribution Draft are due tomorrow afternoon.  Deadline is Saturday 2/13/21 at Noon EST.
  • A reminder - if you are seeing an error for your draft list that indicates some of your picks are still listed with Round Zero - that's OK and not a true error.  BWB will retain those picks on your list for the adjustments for Rounds 2-5.  This allows you to queue up a bunch of potential picks and then after we do Round 1 you don't have to add them again.  Between weeks, BWB will remove players from your list if they've already been picked by another team.

1/29/21

  • How do you pick players for the Redistribution Draft?  Visit your team roster and just above the list of players you'll see the link "Choose Redistribution Draft Picks."
  • We're going to toss around a few rule change ideas including size of the taxi squad and the allowable salaries of minor league players.  With continued existence of the Covid virus, we might also be looking at expanding the taxi squad size again this season (maybe not as much as in 2020).  However, for the duration of the Redistribution Draft, we're going to work with the standard 40-man roster limits and the standard limits on the number of players you can have on your roster making over 250 in salary.

1/28/21

  • Results of carryover choices posted.  View the Transactions page to see the cuts in your league.
  • The 2021 Redistribution Draft is now open.  You'll have a little over 2 full weeks to make your selections (see the link on your team roster).  Deadline is Saturday 2/13/21 at Noon EST.
  • For more information, see the rules regarding the Redistribution Draft
  • There are 2 weeks to do your list for Round 1, but you should consider building for all 5 rounds - or at least as much as you can, because if any of your listed picks/alternates are gone by your turn in the order, we'll pull up picks from Round 2 and beyond to make sure you get 3 selections.
    • After Feb 13, we post the results of only Round 1 only - any drafted players will be removed from the remainder of your lists.
    • You'll have almost 2 weeks to redo draft lists (if you choose), then we post the results of only Round 2 (again removing drafted players from your rounds 3-5)
    • Then one more week for an optional redo of your draft lists, and we post the results of Rounds 3-5
  • The season calendar of deadlines is not yet updated for 2021, but the deadlines for the Redistribution Draft are:
    • Sat 2/13 Noon EST - First submission - we post results for Round 1
    • Sun night 2/21 Midnight PST - Adjust your lists for Rounds 2-5 - we post results for Round 2
    • Sun night 2/28 Midnight PST - Adjust your lists for Rounds 3-5 - we post results for the remaining 3 rounds
  • Any players on your Prospect Roster have been moved back to your 40-man roster.  You can begin to move players to prospect status again after the Redistribution Draft.

1/26/21

  • There are still some teams to get legal rosters.  I'm not home tonight so I'm physically unable to process the cuts until very late Tuesday night or on Wednesday, so I'm extending the deadline for now until tonight at midnight Eastern (this was originally midnight Pacific but the person with the most teams to fix just completed).
  • We'll adjust the deadline for the first redistribution draft picks accordingly.  Some of you ask for extensions when the deadline is Super Bowl Sunday, so this way we avoid that.
  • With this little extension, this also gives everyone a shot to reconsider any decisions about Masahira Tanaka
    • At the time the roster cuts are processed, all 2021 salaries are deducted for the players you keep
    • If Tanaka later signs with a team in Japan - you can cut him after the Redistribution Draft, but you will only get an 80% rebate for his 2021 salary.
    • Your choice is to keep him and take the chance he finds a home in MLB and risking losing 20% of his salary if he doesn't - or cut him now and risk that he does in fact stay in the US and you've lost the pitcher.
    • Obviously if you have Tanaka under contract for 2021 or beyond, you've already paid for him and you won't get that money back, so you only risk taking up a roster spot by keeping him, you're not risking any cash.
    • Where do you have Tanaka?  You can view all your rosters and search for him on the web page or check the all your players page
    • To be clear, if the deadline passes but a Tanaka signing in Japan is announced before I process the cuts, Tanaka will be removed from all rosters at that time and teams will not be charged for his 2021 salary

1/25/21

  • While we wait for tonight's extended deadline for roster cuts, I've reset the transaction order for the Redistribution Draft and the off season.  Remember that we had a Covid-season change that, among other things, put the winner of the Bottom Feeder Open in the first spot of the order rather than the team with the worst record.
  • There are still some teams that are not at the 28-man limit.  Some it appears haven't started, some are over one of the limits.
    • Check your teams for errors
    • I don't want to do the cut downs for you - so I've extended the deadline until 1 AM Eastern time tonight.  Depending on the feedback I get it may go a little later, but every extension will cut into the time that everyone else has for the first set of Redistribution Draft picks that are due on Sunday, Feb. 7.

1/22/21

  • Are you getting "deceptive site" warnings while using Chrome to visit BWB?  One quick suggestion is to try a different browser.  However, you can also change your security settings in Chrome to prevent the constant warnings and perform your tasks without interruption.
  • Reminder - you must cut your rosters down to 28 or fewer players by Sunday night (midnight Pacific Time)
    • You'll have to pay the 2021 salary for the players you keep at that time.  You will not receive additional cash until Opening Day, so keep enough for the Redistribution Draft and for pre-season free agency.
  • If you're going to be paying for individual teams and not one of the packages, you can save $5 per team if you pay by Saturday night at midnight Pacific (or shown on the site as 3 AM EST on 1/24/2021).  See your payment summary.

1/20/21

  • New leagues are open for 2021.  We're listing only 3 to begin with - if there's additional demand later this winter we can add more.
  • Do you want to try to resuscitate a troubled franchise rather than begin one from scratch?  There are a number of orphan teams that you can adopt and attempt to rebuild.
  • Did you win a league championship or win one of the other postseason tournaments (or be named a conference champ)?  Then you earned a free bonus team that you can use in 2021 for either a brand new league or as an orphan.  You can check to see if you have any bonus teams in your list. (Bonus teams weren't added to any Cooperstown Club members - you can grab an extra team for no additional charge at any time).

1/18/21

  • Week 30 Transaction Results Posted
  • - Winter Trade Period #2
  • Next deadline is for your roster reductions to 28 or fewer players - deadline Sunday, January 24 at midnight Pacific Time
  • With the trading period done and everyone about to cut down your rosters, all the trade rumors have been cleared out to start fresh for a new season.
  • 119 New players added to the game based on the 40-man rosters for MLB teams
    • This is the only player addition until after Opening Day
    • To find them - In the filter/search area of the player lists, look for the "New in 2021" menu - See the list of new players

1/17/21

  • Anyone who paid over $100 in total team fees in 2020 got missed in calculating the credit due back to you for the shortened season.  That's been fixed and you'll find an updated payment summary.
  • New leagues are open for 2021.  List draft leagues draft when they fill - deadline dates are estimates and targets for filling.  Live drafts have tentative dates and times set aside for them already.

1/12/21

  • 2021 team fees are posted
    • Check your payment summary
    • Because about 2/3 of the 2020 season was wiped out, there are discounts for 2021
      • For teams paid on a per-team basis, roughly 2/3 of your 2020 payment has been credited to your 2021 fees.  Typically the discount was spread across your teams - look in the "Other Discount" column with the heading "OD" on the summary page.
      • For team owners who purchased a full-price Season Ticket in 2020, you'll have the chance to get a 2021 Season Ticket for $150 - about half off the normal $295 cost.
    • Pay by January 24 and get an early payment discount
    • If you're adversely affected by the pandemic and recession and will have trouble with your 2021 team fees - please contact me and we can arrange something.

1/9/21

  • Winter Deadlines - CHANGES: (pushing things back one week)
    • Sunday, January 17: Winter trade period #2
    • Sunday, January 24: Rosters cut down to 28 or fewer players
    • Sunday, February 7: Redistribution Draft - picks for Round 1
    • Subject to change. All deadlines are at midnight EST.
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